An Italian Grandma’s Ricotta Cake Recipe: This Creamy Cheesecake Recipe Is Underrated by Ann Marie Patitucci

An Italian Grandma’s Ricotta Cake Recipe: This Creamy Cheesecake Recipe Is Underrated

Ricotta is a deliciously creamy Italian cheese that works beautifully in cakes, adding both texture and flavor. This ricotta cake recipe is a great example.

Thanks to the ricotta, this Italian cake recipe stays rich tasting and moist. I can’t give my mom (Mimi) credit for this one – this is her friend Dolores’ recipe (another Italian grandma!).

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Servings: Makes 1 cake


Here's how to make it: 

  1. Make cake mix batter according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk eggs. Mix in cheese, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour in the cake batter. Pour cheese mixture over the top. 
  4. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 50 minutes and remove from oven.
  5. Add a dusting of cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 10 more minutes. Cake will be done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Garnish with strawberries, if desired.

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Sugar $2 & Up
Vanilla Extract $4 & Up
Cinnamon $3 & Up

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You can't go wrong with an Italian grandma cake recipe...
Elisa Schmitz
Wait, two Italian grandma's make this cake? I don't need to know anything more. Making it! #yum
Ann Marie Patitucci
LOL! I guess that's a pretty good endorsement! :)
Mary Annie Lebold
Made this today . . . it got very favorable reviews. I would describe it as way beyond cake but not quite cheese cake. Absolutely yummy! I made half the recipe in an 8 X 8 dish. By 40 minutes, I was getting clean tooth picks.
Donna John
So glad you enjoyed it!
Gordon Wagner
Box cake mix? I'm out

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